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Cooper's Hawk

Friday, September 15, 2017

Goldfinkle

"I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown."
Louise Linton

News came out the other day that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requested a government plane to fly the secretary and his new bride Louis Linton on their European honeymoon. Request denied.

The Air Force jet was scheduled to stop in France, Italy and Scotland. Reports are that it costs $25k an hour to fly this plane. Two week trip. You do the math.

Now this news comes on the heels of the disclosure that the couple did use a government plane, at government expense, to fly to Fort Knox to watch the eclipse and pal around with Mitch McConnell.

A third of the nation's gold is stored there and Mnuchin thought it was high time someone made sure it was still there. Somebody had to do it.

“We have approximately $200 billion of gold at Fort Knox,” said Mnuchin. “The last time anybody went in to see the gold, other than the Fort Knox people, was in 1974 when there was a congressional visit. And the last time it was counted was actually in 1953.”

Excuse me but I find it more than a little delicious if not outright Scrooge McDuckian that this power couple wants to go play in big piles of gold at Fort Knox during the solar event. Now Mnuchin didn't actually count all the bars when he was there but he says not to worry.

“I assume the gold is still there."

Saul Loeb
Mnuchin is the guy that is so rich that he "forgot" to list over a hundred million dollars in assets on his financial disclosure form.

How he got so rich is a story for a different day but let us just say that the so called "Foreclosure King" was accused of some very questionable and shady practices.

His new Scottish bride is no stranger to luxury herself, spending weekends during her childhood at the family's idyllic Melville Castle.

Scrooge McNuchin
Linton took a lot of heat for her now famous and deleted instagram post in which she touted all the mad designer wear she was wearing, the 10k Hermes Birkin bag, the Tom Ford, the Roland Mouret and Valentino.

Seems the poor and jealous folk in the hinterlands couldn't quite relate. Remember, she called the infamous instagram commenter who commented on her post "adorably out of touch."

She has since apologized for her tone. Count me as a minority but I actually thought that it was one of the most honest and sincere apologies I have ever read from a dignitary or celebrity.

Wish more people would take responsibility for their tone and actions this completely.

"I don't have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity for the backlash I experience," Linton said. "I sincerely take ownership of my mistake. It's clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending."

There is something cartoonish about all this sybaritic excess. It smacks of 18th century France. Gluttonous patricians parading around with all of their baubles and finery while the serfs seethe and sharpen their pitchforks. Makes you wonder what happens next.


1 comment:

Sanoguy said...

The definition of "PLUTOCRATS"! Their power derives from their wealth. They are taking us taxpayers for a ride! BIGLY ride!